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5 Most Popular Online Degrees

With the influx of online degree programs for adult students, more adults are finding it easier to return to school. However, with the rising number of online degree programs to choose from, adult students are questioning which degree programs are most popular. Popularity can indicate a few different things. Firstly, popularity may mean more competition. The more adult students receiving an online degree, the more competition there will be in the job market once all of the students complete the program. On a more positive note, popular online degrees also illustrate that these degrees are great degrees to earn online. With so many adult students enrolling in certain online degree programs, we had to research why.

According to Yahoo!, a criminal justice degree is the best degree to earn online. Why is this true?  Many attribute its popularity to the fact that many professionals earning a criminal justice degree online are still working in their criminal justice career. Most career paths in criminal justice require extra schooling, and with the option to earn online degrees more and more adults are signing up.

So what’s the second most popular college degree to earn online? You guessed it, business. The field of business has always been a popular field. Similar to criminal justice, many business professionals return to colleges and universities for additional schooling and higher degrees. With the option to earn an MBA degree online, no wonder so many adult students are enrolling in business online degree programs.

The third most popular college degree to earn online is a degree in healthcare. A career in healthcare requires professionals to be very computer literate. With almost all healthcare data stored on a computer, it’s no surprise that degrees in healthcare are now offered online.

IT (Information Technology) is a very popular college degree to earn online. Because IT professionals use computers each and every day throughout their career, earning a degree online prepares students for what their career will consist of. Becoming familiar with online courses will help adult students enrolled in online IT programs feel comfortable working with different computer systems throughout their career.

Last but not least, the fifth most popular online degree to earn is nursing. Because nursing requires a lot of clinical experience, some of the degree will have to be completed in hospitals to gain experience. But most of the courses that nursing students are required to take are now offered online! With nursing being such a popular and booming field, earning this degree online has really appealed to adult students.

So there you have it, the five most popular online degrees to earn according to Yahoo!. Will you follow the trend, or beat to the sound of your own drum?

 

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Attention: Adults Returning To College!

As an adult returning to college you may be afraid, intimidated, or you just may not know what to expect. But it’s important for you to know you’re not the only one. There are many adults returning to college with the same fears and concerns you have. That’s why we’ve created a list of possible concerns you may be having, so you can stop having them and be confident and ready for this journey.

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Concern 1: “I’m too old to become a student, what’s the point”

Adult students are more common than you think. Some colleges and universities even enroll more s than traditional ones. Adults are quickly realizing how important education is and how earning a college degree may open up many doors. If you plan on working for many more years and you want to increase your skills, than you’re not too old to earn your college degree. Adults are retiring later in life than ever before; if you think you’re too old for school, think again! 50 is the new 25 – so act accordingly!

Concern 2: “I don’t remember how to be a student.”

Sure, it may have been awhile since you’ve sat in a desk with the smell of chalk in the air. But that doesn’t mean you forgot how to be a student. In fact, adult students have an advantage being that they have real life experience. You may study differently than you did 20 years ago, but “different” could sometimes mean “better”. Believe it or not, you know more than you did as a young adult. You’ve been in contact with more people and you’ve been in more situations. Being a student is like riding a bike; once you learn it, you’ll never forget it.

Concern 3: “I don’t have time to earn my college degree”

Yes, earning a college degree is a time commitment but there are so many ways to incorporate studying and learning in your everyday life. Many schools for adults offer online degrees that be completed while you keep your career and whatever else your busy life may consist of. You may be one of the many adults that need a college degree in order to advance in your career. Many law enforcement professionals are in this position and end up enrolling in an online criminal justice degree program that could easily be completed from home. They get to keep their career and earn a degree.

Concern 4: “I can’t afford to earn my college degree”

Although earning a college degree can be costly, it’s a great investment! There are many adult students who have this same concern. Some are saving up for their children to attend college in the future and others just don’t have the extra cash. Based on a financial need basis, many adult students receive financial aid. You can apply for financial aid by going on the website and filling out your information. This information could take a while to fill out so it’s best to start early. Another way to save money is to rent your books or buy used books. It’s not just the tuition that costs people, but it’s also the room and board, books, and more. Figure out how much your education is going to cost you and figure out simple ways to reduce the cost. Whether that means carpooling or cutting back on that yearly vacation earning your college degree is certainly worth the cost.

Becoming a nontraditional student will be a transition and earning your college degree may be a challenge, but it will be rewarding in more ways than one. Write down the concerns you’re having and figure out ways to fix them. Once you see your fears written down you’ll realize that every obstacle you come up with has a solution.

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5 Ways to Choose Your College

With colleges and universities everywhere you turn, it can be difficult to decide which college is the right one for you. Should you earn your degree in a different state? How about a different country? Or maybe you should earn your college degree online? There are pros and cons to every big life decision you make, especially in college. That’s why we’ve created this checklist – to help make your decision an informed and easy one.

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You should earn your college degree from a school in which you feel comfortable. Some students question how they’ll know what they do or don’t like about a school. How can you predict if you are going to enjoy the colleges and universities you’re interested in or not? Simply. Do you like rural or urban environments? Do you want to attend a small or big school? How safe is the campus? Once you figure out the environment you want to earn your college degree at, plan a visit and see for yourself.

Connections
As you earn your college degree, you will make connections with peers, professors, and employers. You may work as an intern and make professional connections that could land you a full-time career. The college or university you consider attending could be the location you end up living in for a large portion of your life. If you earn your degree in a city you hate, you may have to learn to love it, which is why you should visit and research the colleges and universities you’re interested in before earning your college degree there.

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Obligations
Although the thought of moving out-of-state or out of the country may be appealing to some, is it practical? You may have children, close friends and relatives, and a career where you currently live. It is important to consider colleges and universities that will not cause you to give up your life to earn your degree. With online degrees and many colleges and universities to choose from, earning your college degree shouldn’t be as much of a sacrifice as it once was.

Reputation
Let’s say you are interested in earning your degree in Art. Before earning your college degree from just any art school, research the colleges and universities you’re interested in. Use search engines to research which art schools are the best in the nation or the best in the state you live in.  You don’t have to attend the #1 art school, but you should shoot as high as possible.

Accreditation
Unfortunately, there are many colleges and universities that are not accredited. You don’t want to earn your college degree only to find out you can’t use it. Do your research and find out which colleges and universities are accredited and which aren’t accredited. There are many colleges and universities that will try to scam students, don’t be one of them.

Earning your college degree could take several years to complete depending on the program in which you’re enrolled. Don’t you want to spend those years in an environment you enjoy? And an environment that works for you and possibly your loved ones? Remember to focus on these 5 things when choosing which colleges and universities you want to earn your college degree from. Sure, this may take some time and effort but in the end it’ll be worth it.

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5 Tips for an Effective Graphic Design Portfolio

Any graphic design degree graduate knows how important a portfolio is when landing a job. Not only should graphic design degree holders have a portfolio, but it should be aesthetically appealing. Find out what your portfolio should have.

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1. Selection

Surely, you completed a number of projects as you worked through graphic design school. As your skills and experience grew you realized that some of the projects you completed were better than others. When crafting your portfolio, it’s important to only include your best work and not everything you’ve ever done. The years of experience you have will inform employers of how long you’ve been in the industry, so you won’t need to include everything you’ve done, but just your best work.

2. Arrangement

When you read a book, it’s the first page that determines whether you’ll turn to page 2 or not. You think to yourself “do I want to keep reading this?” Think of your portfolio in a similar way. The first page should impress the viewer so much so that they continue to flip through your portfolio. Arrange the rest of your pages in a similar order. The last page of your portfolio should stand out just like the first page. You will want to leave a lasting impression on the viewer.

3. Options

Clients that you work with will sometimes prefer to view your portfolio online. Others will want a hard copy to review. Having both an online and hard copy of your portfolio will be ideal so that you can cater to all of your clients’ needs in order to land the job.

4. Test 1-2-3

After earning your graphic design degree, it’s important to test out your portfolio with people you know including professors from your graphic design school and professionals in the field. Ask them to give you constructive criticism. And most importantly, use their suggestions to improve your portfolio.

5. Design

Make sure that the design of your portfolio stands out among other portfolios you’ve come across. You’ll want to make sure that the design you choose reflects your work. Although it is important to be unique, you will not want the design to outshine the work within the portfolio. This may take several attempts to achieve the perfect portfolio.

Once you’ve created the perfect portfolio that highlights your work in just the right way, it’s time to put it to use. Use your portfolio to show your work to employers and clients that may be interested in you. Soon, all the hard work it took you to earn your graphic design degree and create your portfolio will pay off!

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Your Checklist for an Online Accounting Degree

All colleges and universities offering an accounting degree online have different requirements to get admitted. Depending on the school ranking determines how difficult the admission process will be for students. If you’re interested in earning an accounting degree online, prepare yourself by adhering to the following criteria:

  • GPA- Whether it’s your college or high school GPA that you’ll be using to apply to an accounting degree online, it’s important that your GPA is decent and at least average. High ranking colleges and universities will require applicants to have very high GPAs in order to get admitted. Remember that earning an accounting degree online can be very competitive; therefore, try your best to earn the highest GPA possible.
  • College Test Scores- ACT and SAT scores are weighed very heavily for applicants who wish to earn their accounting degree online. Colleges and universities want to make sure that students are well rounded in all subject areas. Because an accounting degree online touches on all different subject areas, colleges and universities rely heavily on these test scores to analyze students.

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  • Activities- If you lack in one area, it’s important to make up for it in another. Getting involved in clubs and organizations is an easy and fun way to add to your application. Colleges and universities really admire students who have become president of a club or organization because it shows initiative and leadership. Most students look past this area of the application, but most colleges and universities really stress the importance of getting involved in your schools and communities.
  • Relevance- In order to be accepted to an accounting degree online program, it will help if you’ve had relevant experience. Although this is not mandatory, this is another way you can higher your chances of getting admitted to the colleges and universities you’re interested in. Whether you’ve gained experience through an internship or through volunteering, discuss it in your personal statement so that the colleges and universities you’re applying to are informed.

 

If you feel that your GPA is too low or your college tests scores are below what they should be, maybe it’s best to earn your accounting degree online at colleges and universities that are not as highly ranked. You will have a better chance of getting accepted and earning your accounting degree online. But be sure to check and make sure that the colleges and universities you’re interested in are accredited.

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Stress Reducing Techniques During Tests

It may have been awhile since you’ve taken a test. But chances are you still remember the scene. You see the timer ticking, 10 minutes stands between you and the finish line! You’re sweating. You’re scared you’re going to be the last one finished. You’re mind is drawing a blank on every question. HELP! We have solutions for you to clear your mind and fill in the bubble with confidence and ease.

Adult Learning TechniquesChange the way you study- A lot of the stress you experience when taking a test may stem from the way you study. If you cram the night before- this may be the cause of your anxiety. Your brain cannot possibly remember all of the information you expect it to in one night. Instead, try to study a little bit each day before a test and you will know the information like the back of your hand. If you’re wondering how this technique can reduce stress during a test, the simple answer is: if you know the information, and have seen it day after day, there’s a lesser chance of you completely blanking!

 

Take deep breaths- In, out, in, out.. you know the drill! This may seem basic and even obvious for reducing stress in any situation but it works like a charm! When you start feeling anxious before or even during the test, take deep breaths! It will help your body calm down so that you can focus, plain and simple!

 

Don’t over-think – If you’re stuck on a question or two, don’t spend too much time on it. Instead, just skip it! You can always go back and try again. With the time you waste on a tough question, you could be answering easier questions correctly. So instead of using the saying ‘don’t sweat the small stuff’,’ we’re saying don’t sweat the big stuff. Relax, and just go back to the tougher questions when you feel more comfortable.

 

Don’t pay attention to other people- Normally, this isn’t the best advice. If you didn’t pay attention to other people when you drove, you’d crash. But the rules are different when taking a test. So don’t pay attention to the person next to you who won’t stop coughing, or the one behind you that’s flipping page after page about to turn it all in. Worry about yourself and what’s in front of you.

 

Mark it up – If your professor allows you to write on your test- take advantage! This way you can circle and underline words that will help you find the right answer. It will help you feel less overwhelmed with the question and the answers. So if a question asks, ‘what are not the best stress reducing techniques during a test‘ you would want to underline the word ‘not’ and keep that in mind when answering the question.

 

After using all of these handy tips you’ll be taking tests with ease! Remember, sometimes it’s not about what you do, but how you do it. So if you can change the way you take tests, maybe, just maybe, your results will change too! And that sounds A okay to us.

 

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10 Tips to Fight Distraction While Earning an Online Education

Computers are enchanting with their ability to draw our attention for hours on end. You may start doing your homework but somehow you find yourself surfing Facebook, YouTube, or your favorite news site two hours later with no idea where the time went. To help combat these diversions, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 ways to fight distractions online. Try them out next time you find yourself surfing rather than working.

 

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  1. Turn off the internet.
    Most modern computers will allow you to turn your internet service on (or off) at will. It might serve you well to simply turn off your connection to the internet while you focus on composing that essay. If you need to do research, try to compile the sites you need before shutting down the internet as you work.
  2. Chunk your work.
    An extremely effective method for getting work done without distractions is to divide your time into chunks. Tell yourself that you will work for the next thirty minutes without interruption. Once those thirty minutes are up, you’re free to check your email and any notifications you have for ten minutes before you do another thirty minutes of focused work.
  3. Stay focused.
    You’re not the only person to have trouble with distractions online. It may be hard to believe, but it is a common occurrence. For that reason, people have designed computer programs you can use to keep distractions to a minimum while you work on that big project due next week.
  4. Listen to one song on repeat.
    This is a tip that I’ve used countless times. Find a song you enjoy that you can also work to without distraction. Now put that song on repeat. After a few repetitions, the song will fade into the background and you’ll be totally in the zone to work distraction-free.
  5. Get off the computer.
    Sometimes the best way to limit distractions is to get off the computer completely. Print off notes or PowerPoint slides and study them on the couch. Any task that can be accomplished without the computer is fair game. Distraction will be a thing of the past.
  6. Get up early.
    You’d be amazed how few distractions there are early in the morning. None of your friends will be up texting you. If you have kids, they might still be asleep. You’ll be alone to focus on the work you need to get done.
  7. Write in full-screen mode.
    It’s hard not to click on things when you’re bored with a paper. Eliminate that possibility by going into full screen mode. Nearly every word processor will have a full screen mode. Make your life easier by writing in full screen whenever possible.
  8. Rescue time.
    This is another handy computer program that you can use to eliminate distraction. This program runs in the background on your computer and records everything you do. At any time you can log on to your account and see a record of your activity. Look for majorly distracting activities and try to eliminate them from your daily routine.
  9. Go to a new place.
    If your house is the culprit of distraction, pack your school books and computer and head out to a nearby library or coffee shop. There are far less distractions in quiet places with other people working.
  10. Be consistent.
    No matter which of my tips you choose to put into practice, make sure you are consistent with their application. They say it takes 21 days to build a habit. Use these tips for the next 21 days. You’ll be amazed at how much you get done and how easy it is to continue the new habit.
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5 Steps to Research Online Degrees

5 Steps to Research Online Degrees

Congratulations! You made the right choice when you decided it’s time to go back to school. Everyone benefits from furthering their education and it’s never too late to start. Even if you have a full-time job; if you are a stay-at-home parent; or if you’re interesting in applying for a promotion, earning a degree is still accessible to you. Since you’re already on the path to making good decisions, be sure to research online degrees to make the most informed choice. Below are 5 steps to research online degrees and make a logical decision that benefits you the most.

 

1. Choosing a school.

After you have decided on the degree program you will apply for, it’s important to find a school that offers that program. And, you will probably want to choose the school that offers the best program. Why not consider researching online degree programs? Schools like Columbia and Duke offer full Bachelor’s degree programs online. Or, you can opt for a well-known online college like University of Phoenix or even Devry.

 

2. Beware of fake online schools.

The most important rule of thumb when it comes to researching online degrees is: verify the school’s accreditation! Be wary of a site that offers a fast, easy degree. Likewise, if you can just purchase a diploma online, you’re falling into a diploma mill trap. You’ll waste money, time, and effort on a worthless “degree” if you don’t take the time to ensure the school you want to enroll in is accredited.

 

3. Application deadlines.

Once you know what degree program best suits you and you’ve verified the accreditation of your ideal school(s), you need to make note of the application deadlines. Often times, there are different deadlines for online school applications as opposed to campus-based school deadlines.

 

4. Coursework.

If you are choosing to enroll in online education because you think it’ll be easy peasy, you might want to reconsider. Online schooling is convenient because you can access the virtual classroom from anywhere that has an internet connection. However, without the presence of a teacher, a set class time, or assignment deadlines, online school can get overwhelming for a procrastinator. So, look into the amount of coursework that will required of you before committing to online school.

 

5. Costs.

As you research online degrees, it’s important to compare the cost difference between online school and campus-based schools. With online schooling, there are no costs for the actual brick and mortar building maintenance of campus schools; you don’t have to worry about room and board, commuting costs, or school clothes. But, you will want to research online degrees that don’t have hidden fees or costs in the fine print.

 

Going back to school to earn or finish your degree is a life-changing decision. You should be excited to embark down this new path, but make sure you research online degrees and campus-based degree programs well so you know what you’re in for and for how much money. We want you to succeed!

 

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Top 10 Benefits of an Online Education

You’ve reached the ceiling in your job’s salary bracket, you’re still waiting to quit your job and start a career, or you’re interested in earning an advanced degree in hopes of a promotion – but, how can you go back to school and maintain your current lifestyle?
College Degrees Today has done the research for you and we have compiled a list containing the benefits of an online education to help you make an informed decision about online learning.

Top 10 Benefits of an Online Education

1. VARIETY. With online education, you can choose from a variety of schools and programs to choose from – and location or re-location isn’t a matter of concern since all of your classes will be taken from the comfort of your own home.
2. COST EFFECTIVE. Online learning costs less than traditional campus schools in many ways. For example, tuition fees are less because the school has no need to charge for overhead, maintenance, or even electricity for classrooms because you’ll be learning from home.
3. TIME EFFICIENT. Along with online education costing less than traditional campus schools, online education is also more time efficient. This is a great benefit for students with a full-time job, family responsibilities, or other obligations that need to be worked around.  With online education, students can forget about long daily commutes, wasting time trying to find parking, or running from class to class.
4. SOCIAL NETWORKING.  In our modern day society, most friends and couples are made over the internet – why should school be any different? A great benefit of online education is having access to meeting people worldwide, rather than being limited to socializing locally.

5. INDIVIDUALIZED LEARNING. Students enrolled in online education have the unique opportunity to learn using the learning style that works best for them; whether it’s by listening to a lecture, reading content, or using interactive media.
6. GO TO CLASS WHEN YOU WANT. The difference between traditional college and online education is the virtual classroom; a flexible schedule allows busy individuals or established professionals the opportunity to log-on to courses whenever it’s convenient for them.
7. LEARN AT YOUR PACE. With online learning, students have the freedom to learn at their own pace without “falling behind” – as long as assignments are completed by their deadlines, nobody has to know you studied Chapter 5 twice!
8. GAIN VALUABLE LIFE SKILLS. Students who complete their degree through online education have been reported to have higher reading comprehension skills, they are able to resist distractions better, and they consider themselves to be self-motivated, self-reliant, and self-directed.
9. AVOID AWKWARD SOCIAL PETTINESS. One major deterrent for older or returning students when considering a campus-based degree program is the social pettiness that accompanies a younger student body.  Avoid feeling pressure to assimilate to younger peers’ lifestyle by completing your degree online.
10. OPPORTUNITY TO FULFILL A GOAL.  Many professionals or busy parents feel unable to complete their degree due to financial, familial, or job-related responsibilities. Earning your degree through distance learning allows you to fulfill that goal without interrupting your current life.

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Law Degree: Learn All of the Career Options for Law Graduates!

The image of a lawyer arguing inside of a courtroom about a child custody case is a common image many people seem to have. But it’s not the only image you should have about lawyers. With a law degree there are many options for graduates, options you need to hear about!

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With a law degree, lawyers can become real estate lawyers, patent lawyers, or environmental lawyers. There are so many options for those who hold a law degree. And, interestingly, these types of lawyers don’t spend their work days in a courtroom. Instead, they spend a lot of time working closely with clients, completing paperwork, and researching cases.

Because a law degree provides students with valuable skills in research, writing, and communication, some law degree graduates choose a career that doesn’t involve law at all. Some law degree holders work for non-profit organizations, using their writing skills to write grants. Some lawyers work at colleges and universities in order to promote the school through fundraising. And other lawyers work in schools as political science or writing teachers.

There may be other careers that require a critical thinker, researcher, and good writer. Be creative! A law degree can open up doors in many directions other than in litigation. The great thing about earning a law degree is that you will have options. After 15 years working as a lawyer, maybe you will want to work for a non-profit organization, or teach the skills and information you have to high school students. With a law degree, the possibilities are endless and exciting.

A great way to figure out if a career path is for you or not is to job shadow. Let’s say you’re interested in becoming an environmental lawyer. Research a lawyer that you wish to shadow and send him or her an e-mail making that request. Although this may seem intimidating, remember that they were in your shoes once before. Or it may be helpful to find alum from the law school you attended so that there is a commonality between you.  The main point is to get out there and discover if practicing law and attending law school is right for you.

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